May 8, 2019

One Book, One White Plains

We are excited to announce that Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng, has been selected as our choice for One Book, One White Plains. A moving exploration of family, history and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and an examination of the rifts that keep us apart.

“One Book, One White Plains is an opportunity for White Plains residents of all backgrounds to come together and share Celeste Ng’s moving novel,” said Mayor Tom Roach. “Through reading and discussing the same book, One Book, One White Plains will enhance our sense of community while fostering literacy and the value of reading.”

Everything I Never Told You, Ng’s debut novel, received immediate acclaim when it was published in 2014. According to Publishers Weekly: “This emotionally involving novel explores the themes of belonging using the story of the death of a teenage girl, Lydia, from a mixed race family in 1970s Ohio….Lydia is remarkably imagined, her unhappy teenage life crafted without an ounce of cliché.”

Everything I Never Told You was selected by a group that included White Plains High School faculty and students, library staff, members of the Library Board of Trustees and the White Plains Library Foundation, reading group members, as well as representatives from the Mayor’s Office, and community organizations.

One Book, One White Plains will take place over September and October. At the heart of the program are reading groups, and the Library will provide groups to discuss just this novel, work with existing reading groups throughout the City to include it as their September or October selection, as well as host “pop-up” groups in a variety of venues.

The Library will invest in multiple copies of the book, in both print and eBook, so that every reader will have access to the novel. Other events will include a writing group as well as a film series that explores themes similar to those in Everything I Never Told You. One Book, One White Plains is made possible through support from the City of White Plains, White Plains Library Foundation, and our community partners. Look for our guide to One Book, One White Plains available this summer.

Brian Kenney
Library Director

Technology Workshops

We have an exciting selection of technology workshops scheduled for you this week. Learn how to create a Powerpoint slideshow at Intro to Microsoft Powerpoint Part 1 tomorrow, May 9 at 10:15 a.m. and then learn more advanced skills at Part 2 on Friday, May 10 at 10:15 a.m. Then join Digital Media Specialist, Austin Olney, on Wednesday, May 15 at 12:00 p.m. for Operating Systems 101, where you'll learn about the various operating systems available, from Mac to Windows to Linux. Finally, explore Microsoft Excel Online on Thursday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. Online registration required for all of the above workshops.

Common Ground: Healthcare

Are you interested in sharing your thoughts about some of the toughest issues facing our country—as well as listening to the opinions of your neighbors and friends? Then join us for Common Ground, a series of community conversations hosted by the Library and the League of Women Voters of White Plains. Our next discussion, on Thursday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m., will focus on Healthcare. For further information, visit our website.

Slow Reading

“Slow reading describes my practice of looking at a text very closely in order to appreciate nuances of language and hence of meaning,” says Ellen Lambert, author and White Plains resident, who holds a Ph.D. in English from Yale University. Interested in learning more about our Slow Reading book group? Join us on Monday, May 13th at 2:00 p.m. for the final spring meeting. Visit our website for more, including a list of readings.

Coffee with Grandpas

Grandpas United were recently featured in the Journal News for their efforts to "break a few stereotypes and use their experiences to help young people." Join them for another Coffee with Grandpas speaker series event on Tuesday, May 14th at 8:30 a.m. in the Everyday Healthy Café here at the Library.

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